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Partly cloudy this morn-ing and cloudy with a chance of rain showers this afternoon. Mostly cloudy tonight. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 20s. See page 2.
Monday, January 13, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Announcements 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Loss of jobless aid leaves many with bleak options
WASHINGTON — A cutoff of benefits for the long-term unem-ployed has left more than 1.3 million Americans with a stressful decision:What now?Without their unemployment checks, many will abandon what had been a futile search and will no longer look for a job — an exodus that could dwarf the 347,000 Americans who stopped seeking work in December. Beneficiaries have been required to look for work to receive unemploy-ment checks.Some who lost their benefits say they’ll begin an early and unplanned retirement. Others will pile on debt to pay for school and an eventual sec-ond career. Many will likely lean on family, friends and other government programs to get by.They’re people like Stan Osnowitz, a 67-year-old electrician in Baltimore who lost his state unemployment ben-efits of $430 a week. The money put gasoline in his car to help him look for work.Osnowitz says a continuation of his benefits would have enabled his  job search to continue into spring, when construction activity usually increases and more electrical jobs become available.He says he’s sought low-paid work at stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. But he acknowledges that at his age, the prospect of a minimum-wage job is depressing.“I have two choices,” Osnowitz says. “I can take a job at McDonald’s or something and give up every-thing I’ve studied and everything I’ve worked for and all the experience that I have. Or I can go to retirement.”Unemployment benefits were extended as a federal emergency move during the 2008 financial crisis at a time of rising unemployment. The benefits have gone to millions who had exhausted their regular state unemployment checks, typically after six months. Last month, the extend-ed-benefits program was allowed to expire, a casualty of deficit-mind-ed lawmakers who argue that the government can’t afford to fund it indefinitely and that unemployment benefits do little to put people back to work.The duration of the federal ben-efits has varied from state to state up to 47 weeks. As a result, the long-term unemployed in Rhode Island, for example, could receive a total of 73 weeks — 26 weeks of regular benefits, plus 47 weeks from the now-expired federal program.Outside Cincinnati, Tammy Blevins, 57, fears that welfare is her next step. She was let go as a machine operator at a printing plant in May. Her unemployment check and a small inheritance from her father helped cover her $1,000-a-month mortgage and $650 health insurance premium. Now, with her benefits cut off and few openings in manufacturing, she dreads what could be next.“I’m going to have to try the wel-fare thing, I guess,” Blevins says. “I don’t know. I’m lost.”Others plan to switch careers. After being laid off last summer as a high school history teacher, Jada Urquhart enrolled at Ohio State University to become a social worker.Urquhart, 58, has already bor-rowed against her house, canceled cable-TV and turned down the thermostat despite the winter chill. Without an unemployment check, she plans to max out her credit cards and take on student loans to complete her degree by 2015.“I’ll be 60 when I graduate,” she says. “If I do one-on-one or family counseling, I can work forever.”A prom, homecoming, First Communion dress and boy’s First Communion suit sale is being held on Jan. 25 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church base-ment in Fort Jennings.Anyone wishing to sell a dress or suit is asked to bring the items to the church basement between 9:45 a.m. and noon. The cost to put items in the sale is $10 per homecoming or prom dress and $5 per First Communion dress or suit. This fee goes to Fort Jennings Post Prom and is non-refundable.The seller prices his/her own items and then is asked to return between 4-5 p.m. to pick up the money for any sold items or to claim any unsold items.The dresses and suits will be available for sale from 1-3:30 p.m. that Saturday.There is no admis-sion fee for shoppers.Dressing rooms will be available for try-ing on items.For more information, contact Amy Eickholt at 419-286-2626, Cheryl Hellman at 419-695-1613 or Sheryl Wiedeman at 41-286-2075.
Sale set to benefit Jennings post promSchool board meets today
The Delphos City Schools Board of Education will hold its annual Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m. today followed the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.Items on the agenda for the regular meeting include:• Approval of the 2014-15 school calendar; and• Contracting with Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey for ballot lan-guage for a Permanent Improvement and General Fund renewal levy for the May 6 Primary Election.
Girls BasketballElida at Lima Senior, 6 p.m.
Girls BasketballJefferson at New Bremen, 6 p.m. (2 JV Quarters) ppd. from Dec. 14Pandora-Gilboa at Ottoville (PCL), 6 p.m.Fort Jennings at Shawnee, 6 p.m.Parkway at Spencerville, 6 p.m.Lincolnview at Antwerp, 6 p.m.Tinora at Kalida, 6 p.m.Paulding at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Boys BasketballSt. John’s at Fort Recovery (MAC), 5:30 p.m. ppd. from Dec. 13Co-Ed Swimming and DivingVan Wert at Ayersville, 5:30 p.m.
LSO offers ‘Mozart by Candlelight’
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The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present “Mozart by Candeleight” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. John’s Church in Lima. Hundreds of glistening candles, intimate sacred spaces and the magnificence of Mozart’s music combine for a truly spectacular expe-rience. The melodic beauty, formal elegance and rich-ness of harmony and texture that distinguishes Mozart’s music will come to life by the warm glow of candle-light in a glorious church.From the lively and fresh “Overture to Il re pastore “to the brilliant and witty Haffner symphony, this con-cert will continue to charm long after the music has ended.The 2013-14 season marks Crafton Beck’s 17th season as music director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as music director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.In addition to the Lima Symphony’s regularly-scheduled concerts, Beck’s many activities include the annual educational full-orchestra concerts for mid-dle school children through-out the region, and he also shares the stage each year with other Lima Symphony musicians in elementary schools as part of the Lima Symphony’s In-School pro-grams. Mr. Beck shares administration duties of the Lima Symphony with his colleague, Executive Director Marie Drum.Tickets may be pur-chased by calling the Lima Symphony Orchestra office at 419-222-5701 or online at limasymphony.com/order-tickets. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
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Winter blast costly for Ohio cities, businesses
TOLEDO (AP) — The winter blast that brought snow and dangerous temperatures to much of Ohio will end up cost-ing cities and businesses quite a bit of money.Many are just beginning to add up the price tag for cleaning up the snow and fixing water main breaks and busted pipes.Officials in Toledo estimate the two storms that dumped about 20 inches of snow since the end of December will cost the city up to $1 million.Much of that is in salary and overtime costs for city work-ers, said Dave Welch, the city’s commissioner of streets, bridg-es, and harbor.The city hired private plow contractors to help out and also brought in tow-trucks to move vehicles so that plows could clear residential streets.“We haven’t had to tow cars in I don’t know how many years,” Welch said.Water main breaks and pipe bursts were also a problem for cities and businesses.The northern Ohio city of Elyria had at least 14 water main breaks since the beginning of the year, including nine on Monday alone.A middle school in nearby North Ridgeville Middle School was closed because of a broken pipe that caused flooding in the boiler room.Water from a broken water pipe soaked about 5,000 books and CDs at a library in Toledo on Wednesday. A restoration company began to salvage some of the items by freeze-drying them before allowing them to dry.Sub-zero temperatures caused water pipes to burst in over 30 buildings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Repairs are expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.The city of Columbus had two big messes to clean up.A burst water pipe caused flooding at the city’s police headquarters and a ruptured water pipe flooded downtown streets, buildings and under-ground parking garages.Estimated cost from the utili-ty work alone was over $34,000, said George Zonders, Columbus public utilities spokesman
Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program
BY NASSER KARIMIAssociated Press
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting Jan. 20, set-ting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said Sunday.In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the financial sanctions that have been crippling its economy.The announcement that Iran and six world powers had agreed on the plan for implementing an interim agreement came first from Iranian officials and was later confirmed elsewhere. Some U.S. lawmakers have been leery of the agreement, call-ing for tougher sanctions against Iran, rather than any loosening of controls.Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying the deal, which sets the terms of a land-mark agreement reached in November, would take effect from Jan. 20. The agency said Iran will grant the United Nations’ watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency access to its nuclear facilities and its centrifuge production lines to confirm it is complying with terms of the deal.Araghchi later told state television some $4.2 bil-lion in seized oil revenue would be released under the deal. Senior officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration put the total relief figure at $7 billion.In a statement, President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, saying it “will advance our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”“I have no illusions about how hard it will be to achieve this objective, but for the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world, now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to suc-ceed,” Obama said.Under the November agreement, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent — the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also com-mits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium — which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material — and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile over the six months.In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for six months. During that time, the so-called P5+1 world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — would con-tinue negotiations with Iran on a permanent deal.
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 Ducks decide where ‘duck crossing’ located 
Motorists in Delphos are often hampered by the local ducks crossing the roadway. With little choice where this happens, drivers can be delayed for several minutes as the feathered residents travel throughout the city. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 151
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager, Delphos Herald Inc. Lori Goodwin Silette
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A girl was born Jan. 9 to Michelle Rabe and Todd Parker of Delphos.At approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were approached by a male at the police department stating that he was just assaulted. The victim told officers he was visiting a friend in the 100 block of East Second Street when a male, known by the victim, came to the residence and assaulted him. The victim suffered minor injuries, which were treated by Delphos Fire Department First Responders. At this time, charges of assault are pending in Lima Municipal Court.At approximately 12:48 p.m. Thursday, a female called the Delphos Police Department stating that her juvenile son was truant from school and had been continually disobedient. Officers located the juvenile, whose unruly behavior continued. As a result, the  juvenile will face charges of ungovernable  juvenile and will have a court date in Allen County Juvenile Court to face the charge.At approximately 10:45 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Skinner Street for a report of a bur-glary. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who stated that upon returning home she found her door open. The victim said she found items missing from the residence. This incident is under further investigation.At approximately 5:17 p.m. Friday, an employee of The Point Marathon gas station contacted the Delphos Police Department to report a theft of gasoline. The employee told officers the suspect pumped $60 worth of diesel fuel into his vehicle and then left with-out paying. The suspect and his vehicle were caught on video surveillance committing the offense. The incident is under investiga-tion at this time and the suspect could face charges of theft.
Twila A. Coulter
 Aug. 22, 1922-Jan. 11, 2014
Twila A. Coulter, 91, of Delphos died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest in Delphos.She was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Henry County.She is survived by her son, Robert Coulter of Delphos; and five grand-children, Brenda (Bob) Blauvelt of Ray, Connie Hughes of Delphos, Julie Grimm of Lima, Jennifer (Charlie) Davis of Lima and Serena Coulter of Lima; and eight great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark A. Coulter; and a brother, June “Junior” Fetterly.She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, bingo and baking.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Angela Khabeb officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lima.Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the family.To leave condolences for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2014. There are 352 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 13, 1864, American songwriter Stephen Foster, who’d written such classics as “Swanee River,” ”Oh! Susanna,” ”Camptown Races,” ”My Old Kentucky Home” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” died in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37.On this date:In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colo-nists arrived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settle in present-day Georgia.In 1794, President George Washington approved a mea-sure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)In 1898, Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” was published in Paris.In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday.In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces began a huge, successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.In 1964, Roman Catholic Bishop Karol Wojtyla (voy-TEE’-wah) (the future Pope John Paul II) was appointed Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Paul VI.In 1966, Robert C. Weaver was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Weaver became the first black Cabinet member.In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River after taking off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 people; four passengers and a flight attendant survived.In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.In 2012, the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 people were killed.Ten years ago: Hostile fire brought down a U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, but the two crew members escaped injury. A domestic airliner crashed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, killing all 37 people aboard. Harold Shipman, the British doctor blamed for killing more than 200 mostly elderly patients, was found hanged in his prison cell, an apparent suicide, a day before his 58th birthday.Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, vowed dur-ing her Senate confirmation hearing to revitalize the mis-sion of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy. Obama’s choice to run the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, dis-closed that he had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004. U.S. Marshals apprehended Marcus Schrenker, 38, in North Florida days after the businessman and amateur daredevil pilot apparently tried to fake his own death in a plane crash. (Schrenker was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud charges, on top of four years in federal prison on charges stemming from the plane crash.) Actor-director Patrick McGoohan died in Los Angeles at age 80. Author Hortense Calisher died in New York at age 97.One year ago: A Cairo appeals court overturned Hosni Mubarak’s life sentence and ordered a retrial of the former Egyptian president for failing to prevent the killing of hun-dreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled his regime. (Mubarak was later ordered released.) “Argo” won best motion picture drama at the Golden Globes; “Les Miserables” won best picture musical or comedy.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Frances Sternhagen is 84. TV personality Nick Clooney is 80. Comedian Rip Taylor is 80. Actor Billy Gray is 76. Actor Richard Moll is 71. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 59. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 55. Actor Kevin Anderson is 54. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 53. Rock singer Graham “Suggs” McPherson (Madness) is 53. Country singer Trace Adkins is 52. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 50. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 48. Actress Traci Bingham is 46. Actor Keith Coogan is 44. Actress Nicole Eggert is 42. Actor Orlando Bloom is 37. Actor Julian Morris is 31. Actor Liam Hemsworth (Film: “The Hunger Games” movies) is 24.
One Year Ago
Shyan Shellenbarger, a fifth-grader at Franklin Elementary School, was hon-ored by the Delphos Optimist Club as the “Student of the Month” at Friday’s meeting. Franklin Principal Mark Fuerst and Delphos City Schools Superintendent Frank Sukup presented Shellenbarger with her award. She is the daughter of Randy and Kim Shellenbarger.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Robert Nartker, president of The Commercial Bank, announced customer service at the main bank, East Second Street, will be operating out of temporary quarters as of Jan. 17 in the front part of the bank’s main office building. Nartker said the bank’s new addition and renovation are approximately 70 percent completed with target date for completion April 1. Jamey Grogg, a 1988 graduate of Jefferson Senior High School, is a mem-ber of Bluffton College’s men’s basketball team. He is the son of Jerry and Judie Grogg of Delphos and plans to major in history. Another 1988 Jefferson graduate, Ryan McClure, is starting with the Bluffton  junior varsity. McClure is the son of Pat and Becky McClure of Delphos. He is majoring in business management. St. John’s gymnasts improved their record to 2-2 by defeating Bluffton 124.28-123.50 Wednesday at Bluffton. The Blue Jays swept the vault with Nikki Wellmann taking first with 8.9 followed by Katie Hanser, 8.8, Cindy Alder, 8.55, and Julie Hanser, 8.5
50 Years Ago – 1964
Winter smashed back into Ohio and tri-county Monday with a vengeance, dumping from five to 10 inches of fresh snow in vir-tually every section of the state and strand-ing an expectant Delphos mother for nearly five hours on her way to the hospital, clos-ing all schools in the area and literally hold-ing all transportation to a near standstill. The Delphos Jefferson Wildcats, play-ing one of their best games of the season, came back strong in the fourth quarter to take a Northwest Conference victory over the Spencerville Bearcats, 87-74 Saturday night. Monte Druckemiller with nine field goals and seven free throws was high-point man in the game with 25 points, and Gordie Vogt hit for 22. St. Theresa Juniorette troop met this week at the home of Mary Ann Hedrick. Officers were elected as follows: president, Cheryl Laudick; secretary, Sally Miller, and reporter, Barbara Smith. Refreshments were served by Mary Ann and Mrs. Hedrick and the remainder of the meeting was spent working on the troop project of making bandages.
75 Years Ago – 1939
A basketball classic, one of two games between the local high schools scheduled for the season, was played at St. John’s auditorium Wednesday night and drew by far the largest crowd seen there so far dur-ing the present season. St. John’s forces were victorious in both of the inter-school contests and the CYO of St. John’s defeated the Recreation team in the third encounter of the triple bill. The Van Wert Peony Festival Association set June 8 as the date for the annual Peony Festival at Van Wert. Frank H. Perry has been selected as general chairman of the arrangements for the affair which draws spectators from many states. Mrs. Ben Higgins was elected president of the Christian Aid Society at the regular meeting conducted at the church Wednesday afternoon. Other officers chosen are: Mrs. Peter Backus, vice president; Mrs. Harold Weaver, secretary; Katie Wilcox, treasurer; Clara Evick, chaplain; and Mrs. Lewis Malin, chorister.
Theresa M. “Terry” Bertling, 63, of Delphos, Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to her family. Condolences can be made at www.siferd-oriansfuner-alhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Partly cloudy in the morning. Then cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in the after-noon. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph.
: Mostly cloudy through midnight then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the upper 30s. CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Sunday:
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W.Va. water tests encouraging after chemical spill
DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can’t drink the water.The 81-year-old woman placed it there after forgetting several times the tap water was tainted after a coal processing chemical leaked into the area’s water supply. Every time she turned on the water, she quickly stopped and cleaned her hands with peroxide — just to make sure she was safe.The widow of a coal miner, Wireman was angered about the chemical spill that’s deprived 300,000 West Virginians of clean tap water for four days, but doesn’t blame the coal or chemical industries.“I hope this doesn’t hurt coal,” said Wireman, who lives in an area known as Chemical Valley because of all the plants nearby. “Too many West Virginians depend on coal and chemicals. We need those jobs.”And that’s the dilemma for many West Virginians: The industries provide thousands of good paying jobs but also pose risks for the communities surrounding them, such as the chemical spill or coal mine disasters. The current emergency began Thursday after a foaming agent used in coal processing escaped from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston and seeped into the Elk River. Since then, residents have been ordered not to use tap water for anything but flushing toilets.Gov. Earl Tomblin said Sunday water tests were encourag-ing, but he didn’t give a timetable for when people might be able to use water again.“The numbers look good. They are very encouraging,” Tomblin said.Schools, restaurants and other businesses were to close today, but the governor said all state offices would be open.Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, of the West Virginia National Guard, said testing near the water treatment facility has consistently been below one part per million for 24 hours, a key step officials need-ed before they can lift the ban. Some tests have shown the chemi-cal was not present at all in water coming in and out of the plant.
To clarify the court report in Friday’s Delphos Herald about the Michael Gregory Johnson case, the hearing which resulted in the trial being resched-uled was not conducted by Judge Charles D. Steele. Judge Steele has recused himself in that case and the case has been assigned to retired Judge Roger Wilson of Champaign County, Ohio. Thursday’s hearing was actually conducted by Judge Kevin Taylor on behalf of Judge Steele.
Teen cited after two-vehicle crash
A Delphos teen was cited following a two-vehicle crash reported at 4:11 p.m. Jan. 6 at the intersection of South Main and Clime streets.Brian Buettner, 16, was traveling southbound on South Main Street and had stopped at the posted three-way stop at Clime Street. He then proceeded to turn west onto Clime Street, lost control of his vehicle and struck an eastbound vehicle driven by Sarah Wannemacher, 31, of Delphos.No one was injured. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.
GRANVILLE (AP) — It’s not much to look at — a rusted, dented tin shack with an old bed frame and a couple of bales of straw inside on a 14-acre property north of this Licking County village.But decades ago, this was a building of honor, as citi-zens exercised their right as Americans within those tin walls. They came to this building to vote their leaders into office, from the president of the United States to the township trustee.Or, more accurately, the building came to them.The building resting on Bill Ricciardo’s property is a mobile polling place, used near the turn of the 20th century to help make voting easier for people who lived in rural areas.Ricciardo inherited it when he bought the property in 1986.“We were told it was the election building” by the former owner “and never gave it any more thought,” Ricciardo said. “We’ve always used it for storage.”But when his daughter, Ginger, recently noticed a picture of a building that looked like their election build-ing while thumbing through a small paperback book of historical photos of Licking County, the family’s interest was piqued.Unfortunately, there wasn’t much more information to be found. “I Googled until I went blind, but to no avail,” Ricciardo said.During a Christmas visit, a friend suggested that he call Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith, a his-tory buff.“There’s a restored one behind the Harding presiden-tial home in Marion,” Smith said. “At one time, they were ubiquitous in Ohio. Every county had a supply of them. They were born of the desire to bring voting to the multitudes.”Ricciardo’s building is typical — 18 feet long and 10 feet wide, with a 10-foot ceiling and vented for a wood-burning stove. It has tin walls and roof; a planked floor; a handful of glass windows that can be shuttered; and two doors, allowing voters to pass through the small building without bumping into each other. Smith said the build-ings fell out of use around World War II.Sharon Hendren of Johnstown recalls that her grand-father bought old election buildings in Columbus in the 1950s and hauled them back to Licking County. She said he used at least three in the construction of area homes.She said there’s a house on Columbia Road in Pataskala — where both she and her grandfather Earl Swinning lived — that he built by putting two election buildings end-to-end as a frame and then erecting the house around them. She also remembers him using one as a bathroom addition to another home.“He’d bring in three or four and park them in the field beside our house,” Hendren said. “We’d play in them when we were kids. We’d be black when we’d come out, they were so dirty from the old wood stove.”She also remembers a couple of families in a poorer area near Licking Heights, called Blanche Addition, who had lived in discarded election buildings. “It would be tough living,” Hendren said.Ricciardo isn’t sure what will become of his election building.“My first inclination, after learning a little more, was to restore it,” he said. “But then I thought, ‘Who’s going to see it out here?’“I think it’s meant to be somewhere. If not, it will be a curiosity to rot here. I’m kind of a karma guy. It’s going to work itself out one way or another.”
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Troubled St. Marys lake to offer extended discounts
ST. MARYS (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts can get extended discounts at Ohio’s largest inland lake beginning this spring.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the discounts at Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio include 25 percent off camping and dock fees.The special rates will be in effect from April 1 until Oct. 31, but don’t include certain periods, including days around the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holidays.The state has worked to clean up the lake since 2010 when a toxic algae bloom forced environmen-tal officials to urge visi-tors not to touch the water or eat fish caught there. The incident damaged the region’s tourism business while highlighting prob-lems caused by phospho-rous runoff from farms.
29% of charter schools closed since 1997
COLUMBUS (AP) — Twenty-nine percent of Ohio’s charter schools have closed dating back to 1997, includ-ing 17 schools last year in ColumbusPublicly funded charter schools that are often pri-vately run became legal in Ohio in 1997, The Columbus Dispatch reports. About 75 of the 400 charter schools currently operating in the state are in Columbus, where nine of the 17 schools that closed in 2013 lasted only months.Some of the nine schools closed because of money problems, while some closed due to health and safety troubles including a lack of nutritious lunches for stu-dents and unsanitary buildings, the newspaper reported. Some were closed by their sponsors.Advocates and critics of charter schools say one way to avoid closings is to do a better job deciding who should be allowed to open.Nonprofit groups, universities, school districts and educational service centers can act as sponsors or autho-rizers for charter schools, deciding which can open and whether they should close.“We don’t have any approval or denial power,” said John Charlton, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education..There also can be great cost to children and to taxpay-ers when schools close, the newspaper reported.When the nine schools closed in Columbus last year, more than 250 students had to find new schools. The state spent more than $1.6 million in taxpayer money to keep the nine schools open only from August through October or November“A school goes belly up, and the public is out the money, and the kids’ educational programming has been harmed,” said William L. Phillis, the executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding and a frequent critic of charters.Since the state auditor began auditing charter-school finances in 2000, 110 schools have been found to have misspent a total of $22.6 million, and many of those have closed.The Ohio attorney general often sues to recover with-holding taxes or retirement payments, but there are usu-ally few assets remaining when a school closes.“Charter-school failures erode the public’s confidence in our movement as a whole,” said Andrew Boy, who runs the two Columbus Collegiate Academy schools, which have attracted attention for their success with middle-school students.“All considered, I despise sponsors who continually let well-meaning individuals open schools who have no business doing so,” Boy said.
Mobile polling place found on Licking County property
Red Cross needs donations after weather cancels drives
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TOLEDO — As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-relat-ed shortfall in donations.Approximately 300 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancella-tions resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 800 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2. In Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of 14 Red Cross blood drives, resulting about 364 fewer than expected blood and platelet donations over the past week.“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Tiffany Gradel, Communications & Marketing Manager of the Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood prod-ucts were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A nega-tive and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carry-ing component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be trans-fused within 42 days.
Ohio, Indiana push for place in drone industry
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio and Indiana will operate their own test ranges for unmanned aircraft and seek ways of pro-moting more research and development to attract drone-related businesses after losing in their joint bid for a coveted FAA test site.The states sought one of six Federal Aviation Administration drone test sites being set up as the agency develops a plan to safely integrate commercial drones into U.S. airspace.An industry-commissioned study predicted drones could produce thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact after that integration. And Ohio and Indiana want a share in any economic boom.Officials say they are seek-ing more ways of individually and jointly promoting their shared region as a location where unmanned aircraft busi-nesses can thrive.

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